Category Archives: Education

NorDan launches strategy for new build schools

NorDan, one of the UK’s leaders in the manufacture and supply of high performance aluminium clad timber windows and composite doors, has launched a “National Strategy for Schools” – offering a full turnkey service on the supply and installation (where required) of a door and window package and curtain walling for the Priority Schools Building Programme.

The Veka Group puts education in the frame

The Veka UK Group has unveiled a new brochure dedicated to the education market, detailing the many products and services available to specifiers and decision makers within this sector.

Yeoman Shield provides Academy with long term solution to damage

Yeoman Shield, the UK market leader in wall and door protection has been supplied and installed at The Sutton Academy, Merseyside.

Potterton Commercial condensing boilers in heating refurbishment at Holyhead School, Birmingham

When the boilers at Holyhead School in Handsworth, Birmingham needed replacing due to age and obsolescence, Baxi Commercial was able to supply an energy efficient alternative: Potterton Commercial condensing boilers which were ideally suited to the installation as they were selected to complement the existing radiator circuits.

Door closer enhances safety in education sector

Samuel Heath – The Powermatic, controlled, concealed door closer is ideally suited to the education sector.  Whilst its fire performance credentials, maintenance-free service and enhanced aesthetics are undoubtedly attractive, anecdotal evidence suggests that it is the door closer’s total concealment, and the many health and safety benefits that this brings, that are making Powermatic so popular for use in schools, colleges and university facilities.

Vicaima improves acoustic performance of HD interior door

Vicaima’s HD interior door has just been awarded an improved acoustic rating, from tests conducted at Lorient acoustic transmission laboratory, which now makes it a strong contender where high acoustic ratings are required, in hotels and schools for instance.

Gillshill Primary School, Hull

Gillshill Primary School in Hull has had its playground resurfaced and enhanced with the application of RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing by Route One Highways.

Tarkett expands its Linofloor XF range adding 47 new colours

TARKETT has used its century of experience manufacturing linoleum floors to produce a new range of colourful flooring ideal for use in the education sector.

Chapelford Village Primary School, Warrington

Pupils at a new primary school in Warrington are benefiting from a unique and eye-catching way of helping them to identify their classrooms, thanks to colourful carpet from Heckmondwike FB.

The Future Proof Roof and Building for Education

Metrotile Lightweight Steel Roofing is a durable and versatile roofing solution, featuring benefits that far outstrip those of ‘traditional’ roofing materials.

University of Hertfordshire

As part of an ongoing drive to improve student and staff accessibility as well as deliver low energy access solutions, the University of Hertfordshire has nearly 180 automatic door systems installed across campus.  Three years ago  TORMAX UK Ltd took over the maintenance contract, streamlining repairs by offering bi-annual service checks and callout cover through their nationwide team of trained engineers. 

A rainbow whilst reading…

Encouraging children to read is important for their development, and it is widely accepted that creating an enjoyable environment for them to do so in is a vital part of the process. It was therefore good to be involved in the updating of a children’s library in Windsor.

Chapelford Primary School, Warrington

Pupils at a new primary school in Warrington are benefiting from a unique and eye-catching way of helping them to identify their classrooms, thanks to colourful carpet from Heckmondwike FB.

The King’s School Worcester and Associated Architects win Planning Permission on Bronze-Age Site

Birmingham-based practice Associated Architects has won planning permission for a new sports and performing arts centre on an historic site in Worcester. The new facility for The King’s School Worcester will provide sports and fitness facilities for School and community use, as well as teaching spaces, dance and drama studios and new Sixth Form Centre. The development is provisionally known as the SPACE building (short for Sports and Performing Arts Centre).

Welcome to Total Lighting Solutions Ltd

Total Lighting Solutions are an independent lighting design and supply company.

Utilising the latest design software, we prepare lighting schemes, technical specifications, and problem solving options. Our track record in this specialist field allows us to provide creative solutions that are fully integrated with the architectural design of a given building environment. Our independence ensures that we recommend the most appropriate luminaires from high quality, to ex-stock availability for instant delivery, to competitively priced fittings for those tight budget projects.


Designing and constructing a new school is a major project for any community, especially when it involves replacing a village school building that has served the local population for the past 100 years. 

Watco Decking Strips Provide Slippery decking solution at sixth form college

Slippery decking is a major safety issue throughout the year but more so during the winter months. Watco Decking Strips have provided a solution to this potential safety hazard at Godalming College in Surrey.

The decking is in a high traffic area in the middle of the campus and is used as a seating area at lunchtime for staff and students. In dry weather the area did not generally cause any concerns but if the weather was wet or frosty the potential for slip accidents was huge. The college had used Watco products on internal floors so called us to ask for advice.

We realised a long term solution was needed, the college had tried to make the area safer by applying anti slip coatings recommended by another supplier, but these had been applied to slightly damp wood and had flaked off in the frost. The potential slip issue was increased by the fact that the decking did not have any grooves in the top surface to offer traction underfoot. Watco recommended and supplied 50mm wide GRP chamfered edge decking strips.

The stone coloured strips were chosen to allow for the strips to blend in with the decking but still provide the all important slip resistance underfoot, yellow strips were used to highlight the edges and steps to help meet DDA regulations. The strips are supplied already predrilled so the installation was completed in just two days over the Easter break, allowing the area to be put back into service in plenty of time for the start of the new term.

Watco GRP Decking Strips
Our GRP Decking strips are virtually indestructible, based on an extremely durable fiberglass base with a coarse, ceramic grit which is bonded to the top for a heavy duty, slip resistant surface. Chamfered edges minimise trip hazards, the strips are available in 3 colours.

Decking strips can be trimmed on site using a hacksaw if required, a cut to size service available for non standard sizes.

Holes are pre drilled in Watco GRP Decking Strips at approximately 300mm intervals. One row of holes is drilled in the 50mm and 90mm wide strips, two rows in the 120mm width. Holes are 50mm in from each end. Screws are supplied for fixing to timber.

The Library of Birmingham – a World-Class Library for the 21st Century

Qubiqa UK is proud to announce they have been chosen by the Library of Birmingham to supply the mobile, static and 2-tier shelving for what is described as ‘one of the world’s most exciting and ambitious cultural projects’.

This impressive project to supply the Electronic mobile shelving is worth between £3.1-£3.4m and the library is expected to open to the public in 2013. Qubiqa has built up a very impressive portfolio of clients in both the library and heritage sectors in the last several years including installing systems in a number of high profile new builds and refurbishments. This unrivalled track record together with the state of the art system functionality, impressed both the main contractor and client alike. The users were looking for a system that could meet and embrace the changes, both technological and physical, which will be demanded in the new library. The Qubiqa systems will be used for both the Cultural (library) and Heritage (historic archives) collections as well as having smaller systems which will be used by the public in an open access environment on different floor levels.

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Monodraught Natural Ventilation and Daylighting Systems Solve Energy and Acoustic Problems at JCOSS

JCoSS, a new 14,500 sq. ft. Jewish Community Secondary School in Barnet, is a state-of-the-art six form entry Jewish secondary school with places for nine hundred pupils in year groups 7 to 11 and a further 360 students in its sixth form.The school also includes the Pears Specialist Resource Unit for 50 children between the ages of 11-19 with autistic spectrum conditions.

In plan, RHWL Architects has styled the school building to resemble a hand, with its teaching wings radiating like fingers towards the playing fields to capture views and optimise available daylight. The building was specifically designed to bring natural ventilation and natural daylight to the teaching wings which, when fully occupied, will provide state-of-the-art facilities for students aged from 11 to 18 years.

The natural ventilation for the building was conceived at the planning stage as a perimeter scheme using a combination of opening windows, wall-mounted natural ventilation, heavy weight construction and high level stack system to provide all year round fresh air and cooling. However, in order to comply with a combination of ventilation, temperature, security and acoustic requirements, design and build contractor Ardmore Construction Limited reviewed a number of alternative proposals and a Monodraught roof-mounted strategy was approved using energy-free Windcatcher Sola-boost systems.

Explains Ardmore Construction’s project manager: “We needed to comply with the ventilation requirements of PPE and the temperature requirements of BB 93 and BB 101, as well as meeting an acoustic requirement that fanlights couldn’t open during the day in spring, autumn and winter as the classrooms faced a railway line.

The main use of Windcatcher Sola-boost systems is in the classrooms of the building’s three, 2-storey teaching wings – A, B and C – where a clever system of double stacking enables each unit to serve first floor and ground floor classrooms that are located one above the other.

The Windcatcher Sola-boost systems are also acoustically lined to provide a combined solution that meets the school’s requirements for both natural ventilation and the need to control noise from nearby railway lines. They also eliminate any cross talk between classrooms caused by the double stacking arrangement on the roof.

The Windcatcher system also proves its versatility by being used in combination with the automatic perimeter fan lights to provide night-time cooling of the classrooms. This allows the Windcatchers to provide ventilation during the day without the need to open windows in the winter, spring and autumn. There is also teacher control of the fans to provide additional ventilation when required.

In the three-storey Wing D, which accommodates the sports, music, textiles and arts areas, Windcatcher Sola-boosts systems are used to provide natural ventilation to the top floor. Monodraught Sunpipes are also used in Wing D to replace bespoke ‘lanterns’, which had been designed to incorporate both glazing and ventilation elements.

A total of thirty-nine Windcatcher Sola-boost units are installed. Six serve classrooms in Wing A, fourteen in Wings B and C, and eight in Wing D. In addition, three Windcatcher Classic systems were installed in Wing C; and two Monodraught Sunpipe Diamond Dome natural daylight systems were installed in each top floor classroom of Wing D. All of the Windcatcher natural ventilation systems were integrated into the School’s BMS system.

The combination of natural ventilation and natural daylight, the use of a biomass boiler and the fact that the school has adopted a ‘Thin Client’ computer strategy, were key sustainable measures that contributed to the JCoSS School achieving a Breeam ‘Very Good’ rating. In addition, a bid for Healthy Schools status was successful in all four categories.

Windcatcher, Sola-boost and Sunpipe are registered trademarks owned by Monodraught Limited.

Eton Backs British Manufacturing

Steeped in heritage, tradition, nostalgia and pride, Eton College is as British as afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches. Often described as the most famous public school in the world, Eton was founded in 1440 by Henry VI.

The prestigious college is well-known for its former students who graduate to become inspirational actors, successful comedians and even Prime Ministers. Therefore it was an honour and a privilege for Heckmondwike FB to supply the carpet for this historic and beautiful school.

Contracted by Cavendish Flooring, this is not the first time British carpet manufacturer Heckmondwike FB has been involved in supplying the flooring for the prestigious college. Heckmondwike FB carpets have been used at Eton for the past 30 years – walked on by Princes and Prime Ministers.

The vast campus is maintained and updated on a regular basis during school breaks, to keep disruption to a minimum for the 1,300 students and residents.

As a traditional and historic building the décor and interiors need to be in keeping with history and will need to reflect the prestigious college, yet perform to modern-day standards. For instance, classroom flooring in the 15th century would not have required antistatic properties or the need to uphold to environmental consciousness like today. There were three different types of carpets Heckmondwike FB installed in the most recent refurbishment – each with their own properties and benefits.

The popular and versatile Supacord range, which is available in 40 colours, is gracing the college’s classrooms and hallways – providing maximum durability to areas of heavy footfall that are prone to high levels of wear and tear. Supacord is also useful in the classroom – where antistatic properties are vital for the use with computers.

For the bedrooms, Heckmondwike FB’s Pure Care range has been used. The fully impervious backing is ideal for containing spillages and is highly resistant to permanent staining.

The third range is the heavy duty Broadrib. Used in the classrooms this easy to maintain carpet option has excellent acoustic properties to help reduce background noise to optimise learning.

Heckmondwike FB has been manufacturing and supplying schools and educational facilities with excellent carpeting solutions for over 40years – the company has got a dedicated website for the education sector. For more details, case studies and product information please click weblink below.